Gwinnett County Substance Abuse Facts & Resources

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Help For Alcoholism And Drug Abuse In Gwinnet County, GA

Alcohol, drug abuse, and addiction are serious diseases that often need professional help to tackle. They can ravage families and homes, cause misery for those experiencing them and their loved ones, and eventually lead to death if not treated properly and promptly. 

Facts On Drugs And Overdoses In Gwinnett County

  • Georgia has an amnesty law for those calling to report or seek help for someone having an overdose. Georgia’s 911 Medical Amnesty and Expanded Naloxone Access Law states that the person experiencing overdose and the caller or rescuer who are trying to get help for a suspected overdose cannot be arrested, charged, or prosecuted if they call 911 or drop the person experiencing overdose off at the hospital. In plain English, if someone you know is having an overdose, you can call 911 or drop them off at a hospital without being charged for drug possession. 
  • NARCAN is a drug administered to people having an opioid overdose, usually through a nasal spray. Gwinnett county police are encouraging more people to carry NARCAN in their cars or homes, especially those who spend time with people who are addicted to opioids. This program is sponsored by GNR Public Health and Georgia Overdose Prevention, and there are more NARCAN resources below. Police hold a free training on how to use NARCAN at:

Navigate Recovery: 52 Gwinnett Drive, Suite A, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

According to The National Survey On Drug Use and Health, drug use in the greater Atlanta area, including Gwinnett Country is approximately the same as the national average: 

“In the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta MSA, an annual average of 622,000 persons aged 12 or older used any illicit drug in the past year This represents 14.8 percent of the MSA population and is similar to the rates for the State of Georgia (14.0 percent) and the Nation (14.7 percent)… The rate of marijuana use in the past year was 11.6 percent, which was higher than the rate in Georgia but similar to the national rate. The rate of nonmedical use of prescription-type pain relievers in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta MSA was 4.3 percent, which was similar to the rates in the State of Georgia and the Nation.” 

For addiction rates and substance abuse disorders: 

“In the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta MSA, 8.3 percent or 350,000 persons aged 12 or older were classified as having a substance use disorder in the past year… Among adults aged 18 or older in the AtlantaSandy Springs-Marietta MSA, 5.6 percent (207,000 adults) experienced a major depressive episode in the past year. These rates were similar to the rates in Georgia and in the Nation.”

Addiction, Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Hotline

Georgia has a hotline to call (or text) for those having acute mental health crises. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days of the year— it can be called anytime. This hotline can also be used to find long term care for addiction and mental health issues

When you call GCAL professionals will:

  • Provide telephonic crisis intervention services
  • Dispatch mobile crisis teams
  • Assist individuals in finding an open crisis or detox bed across the State
  • Link individuals with urgent appointment services

The National Suicide Hotline can also always be reached by dialing 998 on any phone


Hospitals And State Treatment Centers

Summit Ridge Hospital

250 Scenic Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Main Tel: 678-442-5800


Atlanta VA Healthcare SystemGwinnett County VA Clinic

1970 Riverside Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Main Tel: 404-321-6111

Intake Tel: 404-321-6111 x20602


Eastside Medical CenterSouth Campus

2160 Fountain Drive, Snellville, GA 30078

Main Tel: 770-985-3218

Intake Tel: 770-985-6470


Atlanta VA Healthcare System – Henderson Mill VA Clinic

2296 Henderson Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30345

Main Tel: 404-321-6111

Intake Tel: 404-321-6111 x20602

NARCAN Training And Dispersal

As mentioned above, NARCAN is a lifesaving drug for those experiencing opioid overdose. Along with the police training mentioned above, you can find classes on how to administer NARCAN and receive doses of the drug: 

Gwinnett—

Navigate Recovery offers training every Saturday of the month at 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Location: Safe Harbor, 52 Gwinnett Drive, Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Call 678-743-1808 EXT 115 to register & ask any questions.

Click here to sign up for training.

Newton— 

Newton County Drug Free Community Coalition offers monthly training events on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 p.m— 7:30 p.m.

Call 770-786-0807 or email connect@nwtnfamilyconnection.org for more information.

Click here to sign up for training.

Rockdale— 

Rockdale Drug-Free Community Coalition offers monthly training events on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p.m.—7:30 p.m.

Location: 625 Promise Path, Conyers, GA 30012

Call 770-761-9244 or email mona@rockdalecoalition.org for more information.

Click here to sign up for training.

AA Meetings

A list of all Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in greater Gwinnett can be found here:
http://www.gwinnettaa.org/open-meeting-schedule.html

NA Meetings

A list of all Narcotics Anonymous meetings in greater Gwinnett can be found here:

https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/text-results.php?country=USA&state=Georgia&city=Buford&zip=&street=&within=20&day=0&lang=&orderby=datetime

D.A.R.E. Trainings From Gwinnett County

Gwinnett County also offers various training on drug abuse and awareness. An updated list of upcoming events can be found below, and more information is available on the website: 

https://guideinc.org/events/

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